An amusing catch by the Washington Free Beacon’s Bret Scher, even as Team Hillary probably begins to stir itself this morning to laud Patricia Arquette for last night’s progressive rally speech for income inequality. The actress, who won a Best Supporting Oscar at the award show that served as an afterthought to politics, delivered a speech that had Hillary Clinton’s fellow Democrats swooning:
Boyhood Patricia Arquette should, after 12 years ,be getting lifetime achievement award.And get grander award for Women's equality speech!!
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) February 23, 2015
Patricia Arquette speaks the truth! "It's time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women…" #Oscars
— Rosa DeLauro (@rosadelauro) February 23, 2015
Democrats love this, because it helps feed into their projected 2016 message about how the time has come for a woman to be President, and how only a woman can deliver the Utopia Of Income Equality, and so on. It’ll be a continuation of the War On Women meme that boosted Democrats in 2012, and which crashed and burned in 2014.
There’s only one problem with that meme, and that is Hillary Clinton’s own track record (via Drudge):
Hillary Clinton portrays herself as a champion of women in the workforce, but women working for her in the U.S. Senate were paid 72 cents for each dollar paid to men, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis of her Senate years’ salary data.
During those years, the median annual salary for a woman working in Clinton’s office was $15,708.38 less than the median salary for a man, according to the analysis of data compiled from official Senate expenditure reports.
Recall that the White House spent months pushing a bogus statistic on gender-based income inequality, which claimed that women only earn 77 cents on the dollar men earn in the US. It’s been repeatedly debunked, in the media and by academics, and the White House can’t even live up to its own false standards, not even after it has been pointed out on multiple occasions.
At least the Obama administration got a little closer. Hillary’s record actually falls below the bogus “77-cent” metric. Scher even notes that Hillary herself flogged the debunked statistic last spring:
20 years ago, women made 72 cents on the dollar to men. Today it's still just 77 cents. More work to do. #EqualPay #NoCeilings
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 9, 2014
In fact, Hillary regressed on this measure during her years in the Senate. In fiscal years 2006-2008, the comparison was 65 cents. 71 cents, and 63 cents, respectively. This might make Hillary’s upcoming visit to EMILY’s List a little awkward, Scher notes:
A week later, she will speak at the 30th anniversary gala for EMILY’s List, a political group that supports female Democratic candidates and regularly attacks candidates for “opposing equal pay for women.” EMILY’s List states that Hillary has “dedicated her life to bettering the lives of women” and that it has “been proud to support her since her election to the United States Senate in 2000.”
Eh, it probably won’t be too awkward. Feminists are used to giving Clintons a pass on standards they ruthlessly apply to Republicans. What’s a few oppressed women in exchange for having the Clintons back in the White House? Just get her elected and a New Age of Diversity will dawn in the next administration, they’ll assume … except that’s not likely to be the case either.
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